Jukebox: Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger is still singing the ballads that popularized folk music and transformed the genre into a call for action

Pete Seeger
Musician Pete Seeger turns 90 on May 3. AP Images

What kind of birthday present do you get for a man who skipped to his lou, lived where the deer and antelope play and knew an old lady who swallowed a fly? Pete Seeger turns 90 on May 3—and he is still singing the ballads that not only popularized folk music but, in the 1960s, helped transform it into a soundtrack for political activism. Musicians from Bruce Springsteen to Ani DiFranco will perform in Seeger's honor at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Join in the celebration with Smithsonian Folkway's five-record set of Seeger songs, including the album "American Favorite Ballads."

Hear Hole In the Bucket, Home on the Range and Skip to My Lou

Music courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways, the non-profit record label of the Smithsonian Institution. Please click here to purchase or for more information

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